Stephen Bell

Visiting Fellow

Stephen Bell is an associate professor at the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. He is an applied health and social researcher with 19 years’ experience of qualitative, ethnographic and participatory research on sexual, reproductive and maternal health, HIV and other infectious diseases. He is currently working with remote, regional and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia, as well as with marginalised communities in Asia and the Pacific (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), and has undertaken previous work in low income countries in Africa (Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Asia (India and Nepal). Stephen:

  • works in partnership with communities, community organisations and government institutions to build understandings of people’s everyday experiences of health, structures of oppression that maintain health inequalities, and community action that effects change
  • is committed to prioritising community expertise and leadership to strengthen health programs, services, polices and outcomes
  • has expertise in the use of interpretive approaches to access and amplify excluded voices, knowledges, worldviews and priorities
  • is skilled in the use of innovative community-based methods to develop emic (insider) insight and privilege the generation and interpretation of data by community members
  • is committed to the mentoring and training doctoral and early career researchers in rigorous qualitative research
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